Public servants must now declare interests

05 Oct 2015 16:20pm


The Office of the Prime Minister has finalised revisions to the declaration of interest requirement for civil servants. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made this announcement during a meeting with senior Government members in the capital on Monday.

She said all civil servants would have to seek permission to do remunerative work outside the public service, and will also have to declare not only their interest, investments and business activities but also their fixed assets.

"The purpose of this exercise is to protect the interest of the public service by ensuring that staff members and members of the public service place their whole time at the disposal of Government, and to prevent unfair competition between staff members and persons in the private sector and a possible conflict of interest," said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

The prime minister therefore urged Offices, Ministries and Agencies to take this matter seriously and to use their discretion to determine whether staff members with private businesses are still productive optimally in the public service or whether they should instead pursue a business career and resign from the public service.

"If a person is so over burdened with their private interest they cannot possibly really do justice to their work in the public service, and to the extent that they cannot be convinced to let go of some of these activities, then they should be prepared to make way for those who are committed to public service delivery," she stressed.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also used the opportunity to consider progress made with regional decentralisation. She appealed to all Offices, Ministries and Agencies to take decentralisation seriously as pressure on the capital city is mounting due to increasing migration and Government's inability to cope with the rising demand for infrastructure.

"The Decentralisation Policy of 1997 and the Decentralisation Enabling Act of 2000 are in place to guide the decentralisation of functions to Regional Councils and Local Authorities. Through decentralisation, people living in other regions have more control over their own lives," she explained.

The aim of the one-day meeting was to allow discussions on how best all levels of senior leaders in Government can improve coordination and cooperation in the quest to enhance their performance.